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5/18/2015

5/18/2015

Minneapolis Public Schools officials are switching to a new way of budgeting to ensure that the most education money follows students with the greatest need.

5/18/2015

On the rise are cases in which families living in districts with failing schools have been accused of “stealing an education” and have been fined for lying about where they live on official district documents. Others have been criminally charged and, in some cases, jailed.

5/15/2015

5/15/2015

The California district has approved a controversial move to eliminate kicking students out of school for swearing at teachers and ignoring instructions. The school board voted to no longer allow teachers and administrators to suspend students out of class for non-violent offenses.

5/15/2015

House leaders threw in the towel on efforts to fix the state’s troubled school finance system with time running out in the legislative session and a lack of interest in the Senate in addressing the problem.

5/15/2015

Vermont House and Senate negotiators have the framework of a deal in place on education reform. The bill encourages school districts to consolidate to expand student offerings and to try to save taxpayer money.

5/15/2015

Chicago Public Schools principals were warned this week by interim CEO Jesse Ruiz that school budgets for the year beginning July 1 are not coming until the General Assembly works out a deal to alleviate the district's $700 million pension payment this year and overall $9 million pension liability.

5/15/2015

A controversial bill passed that would eliminate parents’ ability to opt out of state immunization requirements on the basis of their personal beliefs. It would excuse children from vaccinations only because of medical problems, such as a weakened immune system, if verified by a physician.

5/15/2015

Recently proposed reforms to Ohio's charter schools would require each online school to keep an accurate record of the number of hours each student is actively participating in learning opportunities. Online school officials say tracking students every hour would be nearly impossible.

5/15/2015

Gov. Larry Hogan has decided to take $68 million that lawmakers set aside for schools and use it to shore up the state's pension system instead — disappointing school officials in Baltimore and other large districts around the state.

5/15/2015

California’s sex-education law prohibits school districts from indoctrinating students on the need to remain celibate before marriage or teaching them that abstinence is the only safe way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, a judge has ruled.

5/14/2015

5/14/2015

Changes for Detroit Public Schools include a new K12 International Baccalaureate program, a high school program expansion, and a new honors “school-within-a-school,” among other programs.

5/14/2015

Although the two are on opposite sides in next week's Los Angeles school board elections, both the charter-school backers and the teachers union view the school district's ill-fated and expensive effort to provide iPads to all students as key to victory.

5/14/2015

State lawmakers say they have heard the opposition against Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to cut state funding for public schools by $150 a student. And they plan to put the money back in the budget through two different channels of funding.

5/14/2015

The Assembly Education Committee rejected Republican legislation that would have repealed a highly controversial limit on local school district budget reserves that was enacted last year.

5/14/2015

Trained school employees, either reserve peace officers or those who hold a security guard license, will be allowed to carry a handgun on school property after Gov. Mary Fallin signed House Bill 2014.

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